I love my book club. I decided to join a book club, first of all, because I wanted to be able to tell my students that I read books and then talked about them. (Just like I was asking them to do! ) It was a real life assignment! I decided to join a book club that set up its own "rules". We meet once a month. We meet at a local restaurant. We read something that challenges us or not. The people who are in my book club are amazing, intelligent people. Well, most of the time! They are fun, anyway!!
Last night was our monthly meeting to discuss this month's book and catch up on each others' lives. We also solved all the problems of the community, nation and the world. Well, maybe not really solve them, but we talked about them! The manager of our book club restaurant knows us and gives us special treatment. We keep trying to get him to join the discussion of the book, but he says all we do is talk about other stuff. He has given us his opinion of the cover once in a while!
This month we read The Kitchen House. We were all glad we read it, even though some parts were emotionally difficult to get through. I would recommend this to other book clubs. We had plenty of discussion and opinions. We thought Kathleen Garrison did a great job of developing the characters to the point we really felt like we were right there in the moment!
I think that is why it was so emotionally tough.
Our next book is Still Life by Louise Penny. We are not meeting until the end of December, so we should have plenty of time to read it. We are excited because this is a series book and we may have to read more of this author's work, even if it will be on our own. So, if you are in Auburn on December 22nd, head on over to Cebollas at 11:00 a.m., say hi to Juan, the manager, and be ready for some lively talk...we will discuss the book, too!